ISTP, 8025 Lamon Ave. Skokie, Il 60077

8-Story Hotel In Downtown Skokie

The 142-room Homewood Suites by Hilton is planned for the northeast corner of Oakton Street and Niles Avenue. The deal calls for the developer to present proof that a hotel at least as prestigious as a Homewood Suites plans to operate at the site for at least 15 years.

The hotel is set to include 30,000 square feet of retail space on its ground floor and rooftop and about 10,000 square feet of banquet and event space.

Corporation Counsel Michael Lorge said the project will be a positive addition to the under-construction 8000 North development about 1,000 feet to the west on Oakton Avenue.  “The addition of a hotel to the downtown area is an important and a commanding addition to the economic development already going on in downtown Skokie, and it provides great resources for the surrounding corridor,” Lorge said ahead of the project’s approval at the Dec. 7 village board meeting. “It is also an important addition to the Illinois Science and Technology Park, which needs hotel accommodations for its tenants.”

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Sketchbook and LanzaTech

LanzaTech, the CarbonSmart(TM) recycling company that operates globally, was founded in New Zealand and has headquartered in Skokie since 2014 at ISTP. LanzaTech specializes in ‘gas fermentation’—converting industrial waste gases (CO, CO2 and H2) into ethanol and everyday products (including mixing it with gasoline for your car —E10 at the pump). The alcohol has also been turned into Jetfuel and into polyethylene for packaging materials! According to Björn Heijstra (Director, Process Validation): “Diverting CO2 from the atmosphere, turning it into products, capturing the CO2—we like this a lot, great for the Earth!”

Two blocks north, newer Skokie biz Sketchbook Brewing has been creating delicious beer since 2020 in this new headquarters (they founded their biz in 2014). The brewery process relies upon a quite different fermentation that occurs when yeast, water, grain and heat combine. The LanzaTech team quickly became regulars at Sketchbook’s patio this summer and fall…and an idea started brewing.

This year, when LanzaTech hit a huge commercial scale milestone, they knocked on Sketchbook’s door to see if a celebration beer could be brewed in Skokie. (Most people that do fermentation for a living tend to continue this in their spare time). Sketchbook Brewing Co of course happily obliged and a collaboration brew was initiated. The LanzaTech staff came by and helped on the brew day.

The name? The 150 refers to an incredible 150 days of continuous gas fermentation at commercial scale. LanzaTech incorporated the actual daily production graph into the label design. So cool!

The beer? According to Cesar Marron, Sketchbook’s head brewer, “LanzaTech polled their employees to choose a style they would like. Hoppy and Saison were the most picked. So, since New Zealand is where LanzaTech was founded we thought it would make sense to use New Zealand Hops in this batch. The beer is a dry, effervescent saison with a nice spiciness and citrus peel flavor. Great on its own, or paired with your favorite cheese, bread, or any other food really.”

To read this entire release, click here.

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Sketchbook Brewing – Skokie

Sketchbook Brewing has expanded to Skokie and has successfully brewed and packaged several styles!

The new site is located at 4901 W. Main Street, just up the walking path from ISTP.  This represents a major expansion, more than tripling the brewing capacity. The new Tap Room features outdoor seating, a large and inviting bar-area, games and room for events.

“The Village of Skokie enthusiastically welcomes Sketchbook Brewing Company to the community,” said Mayor George Van Dusen. “We have long been impressed by Sketchbook’s success in our neighbor to the east, the City of Evanston, and we are grateful that the Sketchbook team decided to invest in Skokie for this exciting expansion of their high-quality, community-forward brewery operations. This announcement marks another significant advancement in redeveloping not only Downtown Skokie, but adjacent areas on Main Street and Skokie Boulevard. We are proud to welcome Sketchbook Brewing Company and its entrepreneurial owners!”

Sketchbook’s Shawn Decker says:“Sketchbook’s five-year history has been a story of constant and organic growth—and the challenge to produce enough beer to keep our loyal community well-supplied. We have been searching for a suitable building for a while and did not want to go very far from our existing location. We were very lucky to find a great building so close to us and to have the opportunity to partner with the wonderfully diverse and welcoming Village of Skokie.

Click here to learn more about what’s happening at Sketchbook Brewing in Skokie. 

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Vetter Celebrates 10 Years @ISTP

At the time of its creation, the Skokie facility employed approximately 15 German expats to support the setting up of the core processes at the site. Today, the facility has a working staff of around 100 employees, almost all of whom are from the US. In addition to its growing employee population, the facility has also doubled in size from its original 24,000 sq. ft. to 50,000 sq. ft. today. To access the press release, click here.

“Our Skokie facility is a clear demonstration of the successful strategy we put into place in the second half of the 2000s,” said Vetter Managing Director Thomas Otto “That strategy was to be closer to the injectable development projects taking place in the US. The facility is also further proof of our family related business philosophy. By bringing expats to the facility first, and then gradually transitioning primarily to local employees, we created strong intercultural teams and secured knowledge transfer from our German specialists to our US experts.”

Vetter Development Service Chicago has the people, processes, and technology to serve pharma and biotech companies of every size with customizable solutions for drug products from early stages to Phase II, with transfer to the company’s commercial manufacturing capabilities in Europe. As a strategic partner with a global network of excellence, Vetter provides proven drug delivery systems specifically designed for the clinical needs and timelines of complex compounds. For more on Vetter’s Chicago site, please see: https://www.vetter-pharma.com/en/clinical-manufacturing-us

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Durbin & Pritzker Visit ISTP

At a press conference, Governor Pritzker recognized the contributions of the ISTP tenant community, American Landmark Properties and Village of Skokie as well as local members of the State Legislature. Additionally, the Governor highlighted Rebuild Illinois — a program that helps out every part of our state’s economy, and is a sustainable program that’s going to be paying dividends for years to come.

Pritzker announced at ISTP “Illinois now has a new message for the world. Illinois is back and we are open for business. Together we can build a state that truly serves as a beacon for families and businesses and good paying jobs.”

Senator Durbin met with representatives from ISTP and Park tenants, Vetter, Exicure, NuMat Technologies and the Village of Skokie

Durbin noted “I enjoyed getting the chance to meet with business leaders at the Illinois Science + Technology Park and learn more about the innovative work they are doing. I’ve made it a priority in Congress to support and increase federal funding for scientific research, which will help support ISTP’s innovators and inventors.”

After providing Durbin a look into the wet lab space at Exicure, CEO David Giljohann said “A great visit with a champion of science!”

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SKOKIEBIZ Highlights Skokie Advantages

Skokie ranked high in this measurement of key economic development factors:

In July 2018, the Village conducted its triennial Nat ional Cit izen Survey (NCS), to gauge resident opinions on Village programs, services and policies. This survey is administered by the National Research Center to 1,600 randomly-selected Skokie residences and includes questions related to the business environment in Skokie, as a place to work, overall economic health of the community, shopping opportunities (usually highly rated!), employment opportunities, Downtown Skokie, and the overall quality of business and service establishments in
the community.

Survey Results:

  • 98% purchased goods and services in Skokie more than once a month.
  • 92-94% rated the overall economic health of the Village as positive.
  • 92% would recommend living/working in Skokie to someone who asked.
  • 90-93% rated Village efforts to implement economic development initiatives to bring new businesses, create new jobs, and generate sales taxes as positive.
  • 87-91% visited Downtown Skokie businesses more than once a month.
  • 84% rated the overall quality of business and service establishments as positive.
  • 83% rated Skokie as a positive place to work.

Click here to read the entire edition of SKOKIEBIZ

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Increased Vitality to Downtown Skokie

The Village of Skokie welcomes a variety of new mixed-use residential and commercial investments in Downtown Skokie and surrounding areas. The $65 million, 8000 North development, broke ground in May. A mixed use development project by Neri and Nea Maya Developments at 8122 & 8110 Lincoln Ave has been approved. Varda & Company, LLC is investing over $4 million in 7 new townhomes at 8326 Elmwood Place. The Northfield Group, Ltd is constructing a $12 million mixed use project at 8017-8025 Skokie Blvd. For information on these developments and more, click here to access the Fall 2018 copy of SkokieBiz.

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